Caution: This Sex Story contains strong sexual content, including Ma/Fa, Consensual, Romantic, Humor, First, Safe Sex, Oral Sex, Slow,
Desc: Sex Story: Chapter 1 - Charlie is no new aged, sensitive kind of guy. Personally, he didn't give a shit about Amy, and if she wanted to be a doormat for Liam, it didn't matter to him. So why did he keep getting involved? No sex in Chapter One
"So this is it, huh? You're finally going to do it?"
John looked at me sheepishly and nodded, "I can't help it, I love her. You know how that goes."
My turn to nod. There was no point in trying to bullshit him; he'd seen me every day of the six months that I'd honestly believed that Corrine DeMarco was my soul mate, and he'd been there too when I'd written all that bad poetry for Tracy Nigg. That was the problem with having your best friend as your roommate, not only were they around for all the embarrassing shit, they actually paid attention to it too.
I'd lived with John for six years. We had met when the Gods, in the guise of the Admission's Office at Notre Dame, had smiled on us and put us together our freshman year. Trust me, if you've ever lived in a dorm, you know how rare it is to even get along with your assigned roommate, let alone become friends. So, after we'd graduated, it made sense to rent a place together since we were both going to be working in Chicago. We found an okay house in a so-so part of town and that was that.
But all good things must come to an end and this appeared to be it. Today he was moving out. He and the alluring Michelle (his words not mine, I don't care much for the outdoorsy look) had decided the time had come to cohabitate. And the rock she wore on her left hand proved they were playing for keeps. It was true love too; I had no doubt. I mean he was moving to Gary, Indiana to be with her. That tells you right there they were soul mates.
As for me, well yeah, I was going to miss him, but he'd basically been commuting for the last year and a half anyway, so I was pretty used to not having him around much. And even though we were best friends, I was kind of looking forward to having our duplex all to myself. The only real loss, as far as I could see, would be the chunk of money that would now be missing from my wallet when I had to come up with the whole rent, and of course his cooking, which was a hell of a lot better than mine.
I felt sure I could handle both though, so I helped him pack and threw him a going away party that involved two kegs, a couple of fifths of really good scotch, one stripper and a visit from Chicago's boys in blue when some of our neighbors decided enough was enough. Now we were packing up the U Haul and trying to act like we didn't give a shit about each other.
"So you're going to stop at Shelle's parents on the way out of town and pick her up?" Michelle was from some little town just over the Indiana border and she'd decided she'd rather visit her folks than come up for, as she put it, the big drink and puke fest I'd put on for John.
"Yeah, that's the plan. Christ, I hope her mother doesn't make that god damn pot roast of hers again. That shit is like shoe leather."
"Just tell her you have the hangover from hell and the thought of food makes you want to toss your cookies," I'm always helpful in a crisis.
"Oh yeah Charlie, why didn't I think of that," funny, but John never seemed as grateful about my suggestions as I thought he should be.
We walked out to his Bronco then, and did the straight man's version of a moving goodbye, a nervous, two-second hug and a lot of backslapping. Then I watched as he pulled out from the curve and drove towards his destiny - a future wife who looked to LL Bean for fashion tips and a mother in law who couldn't boil water.
I went back in the house and finished off the remains of a flat keg and fell asleep on the couch. The next morning I celebrated my new status as king of my very own castle by picking up all the half empty plastic beer cups in the nude. Life, I thought, was good.
But not for long.
It's amazing how pricey things can suddenly get when most of your income has to go for rent. And of course there were all those unexpected expenses that always seemed to crop up when you can least afford them. After running perfectly for years, my 10-year-old Mazda decided it didn't want to live anymore and left me with the option of buying a new engine for the old rusting beast or popping for a new car. I compromised with a 3 year old Subaru, but the payments were still killers. Then it seemed that every friend I'd ever had decided to get married and even when you shop at Target, wedding gifts can add up. My boss too had been making cracks about my dressing like a the delivery boy from Little Caesars, and since I knew he was looking for someone to replace our companies trouble shooter for the western region, I took the hint and sprang for some new clothes. They may not have been Armani (or anything even close) but still cost me more than I could afford.
My wallet was getting real empty and it didn't take a genius to figure out that things were only going to get worse. Reluctantly, I decided privacy was overrated and advertised for a new guy to share the house and expenses. After all, I told myself, John and I had lived together for years without any major problems. This sharing a house thing was easy.
I ended up with three callbacks. An eighteen year old, who let it be known that wherever he lived, would become party central. A stoner, who wanted to know if he could use the spare tub for his hydroponics herb farm, and Liam. Liam had nothing wrong with him - except he was an asshole.
We'd arranged to meet at 3PM on a Saturday and he'd been right on time. He showed up wearing jeans and golf shirt from some club that I vaguely knew was exclusive and his sock less feet were clad in loafers that looked a lot like the ones that had figured heavily in the OJ Simpson trial. But hell, I was an aspiring yuppie myself on some days, so I couldn't hold that against him.
He looked the place over and won a lot of points with me when he didn't mention the hole in the wall, or the overflowing trash can on the back porch. Actually he didn't say much except for one "Cool!" when he saw my autographed picture of my boyhood idol, Michael Jordan. He asked how much and I told him and he got out his checkbook.
And that was that. I had a new roommate. One who was pretty good too as long as you could overlook the fact that he was an asshole. One glance at my shrinking bank balance convinced me that I could. We renegotiated the lease with the landlord for another year and Liam moved in the next week.
My money crunch was significantly eased. I still was sorry that I'd had to get a roommate, but you can't have everything and eating was a necessary part of life. I would learn to live with the disappointment.
Two weeks after that, my boss stopped by my desk and told me he liked my tie. An hour after that I got promoted with a raise in pay that nearly doubled my salary.
This, has always been the way my life works.
Surprisingly, Liam turned out to be a pretty good roommate. He was quiet and pleasant, and for the most part we got along okay, as long as we didn't have to see each other too much. My new job had me traveling a lot, the western region was everything west of the Mississippi River, and I didn't really have much time to sit around and bond with Liam anyway. But this suited me fine and I was more than happy with the arrangement. I was disappointed though when I found out he couldn't cook.
Of course, some information was bound to filter through. He was 25, the same age as me, and he looked a lot like Brad Pitt. I knew this, because my girlfriend told me so; every - single - time - she saw him. I knew too, that he was from somewhere out west and his parents still lived there. He'd found a job in Chicago after taking six years to finish a four-year BA at Northwestern where he'd been some kind of jock. And that was about the extent of my knowledge. Except, that he was an asshole.
Now, you may remember, I've mentioned that before and you're probably wondering how I'd reached that conclusion so fast and why. I have an easy answer. It was Liam's best friend, Amy.
Best friend. Okay, I'll use that term; but I'll be damned if Liam ever did. He sure as hell never called her that to me. Oh, he had a lot of nicknames for her: like squirt, when he was trying to be nice, and my slave, when he wasn't.
Don't misunderstand the last one. He wasn't hinting about any kinky sex games they might have played. Liam and Amy never had any sex. At least not together, Liam had a girlfriend, Barbie or Betsy or Beatrice, some name that began with a B.
Amy might have had a guy she went out with too, though I kinda doubted it after meeting her. But anyway, what I'm getting at here is, Liam called her his slave because he could literally ask her to do anything for him and she'd do it.
If he needed his dry-cleaning picked up, Amy would do it. If his car was in the shop and he needed a lift, Amy would do it. If he wanted tickets to a concert, but didn't feel like standing in line for 5 hours, Amy would do it. If he wasn't going to be home and he wanted a game taped so he could watch it later... Well, you get the picture.
I met Amy at the same time I met Liam. He brought her along when he came to look at the house. I almost slammed the door in her face - not on purpose, I just didn't notice her. Amy had a knack for not being noticed.
She was maybe 5'3" and probably didn't weigh a hundred pounds, though the baggy clothes she always wore made her look smaller. I found out later she was 24, but she looked about twelve. She had limp, brown hair that drooped to her shoulders and hung in her face, her movements quick and birdlike.
She kind of reminded me of a bird, a little brown wren. She fluttered around the edges of a room, hiding in corners, perching on the end of the couch, always poised for flight. Personally, I've never cared much for birds.
But this makes her seem almost attractive. She wasn't. It's not that I'm shallow - well, okay maybe I am, but I try not to be. The point is if she'd shown any spark of personality I would've gotten used her looks.
But she was as dull as the finish on my old Mazda. The only light I ever noticed in her was when she allowed herself the treat of looking at Liam. Then she would glow, her eyes staring adoringly at him under the one unbroken brow that slashed across her face. It was enough to make my stomach turn.
Liam however, loved her hero worship. Why not, it's fun being a God. That first day, he let her twitter behind us as I showed him the house; then he gave her a big thrill and gave her a toothy smile as he told her to go get his checkbook in the car. He swatted her playfully on the ass as she turned to leave, and she giggled in delight as she scurried off.
Then he turned to me grinning and wiggled his eyebrows as if to say, What can you do? Yep, he was an asshole all right.
Listen, I am no new aged, sensitive kind of guy. It wasn't my feminine side that was outraged by this blatant exploitation of another person's feelings. Personally, I didn't give a shit about Amy, and if she wanted to be a doormat for Liam, it didn't matter to me. I just didn't want to watch it happen.
It made me uncomfortable. It was a little too familiar. See, there had been a time when I had been like Amy. Of course, my object of worship had been a woman, well, girl really. And she'd never referred to me as her slave. No, she would never have been that crude. Her pet is what she called me, her little poochie.
Hey, this can't be a completely unfamiliar scenario to you. Everybody has seen this dynamic before; the cute guy or girl who has a strange friend that nobody else would touch with a ten-foot pole. They're too fat or too tall, or they always have a 5 o'clock shadow by noon.
Which isn't a good thing, when your name is Amanda.
The object of their affection tolerates them. Even lets them tag along sometimes; for trips to the movies or the beach, or anywhere there'll be enough people around to insure that they don't have to actually talk to the serf. Of course, they'll only issue these invitations if they're positive the rest of their crowd understands that it's charity, not affection that motivates their benevolence.
And you know what really sucks? One of that crowd will invariably make the remark; out loud so the sad little shit can hear, that isn't wonderful how kind Tiffany or Troy is to that weird kid that keeps hanging around.
So here's this poor humanoid, always in the background, oozing a desperate need to be loved and appreciated. Instead, they have to accept the reality that their idol barely knows they exist.
Except, when it's time to pay for the popcorn.
I'd been lucky; I'd been in high school when I'd done my stint as a pet. Time and nature had been kind to me since then; I was no longer the puny weakling I'd been. But somewhere, in the back of my mind, this little nerd still lived. And it bugged me to be reminded of it.
But back to Amy and the asshole.
I tried to avoid Amy's daily pilgrimages to kneel at the feet of her master. And for a while, I was pretty successful at it. Like I said, I was gone a lot and when I was home, my girlfriend, Kendra (she of the big tits and bigger feet) wanted her own measure of idolatry. Since she liked the services to be held in her bed, I had no problems attending.
But we had nothing else in common, and eventually we both grew bored of the ritual. She finally excommunicated me in a ceremony that included the ritual sacrifice of my lucky Bull's jersey in her fireplace.
I hadn't realized I'd been worshipping the devil.
After that, I was spending a lot more time at home having sworn off women for the rest of my life, or the end of basketball season whichever came first. Now for the first time, I got a really good look at how my new roomie operated; and it wasn't pretty.
I'd get home from a long day at the office, and there he'd be, stretched out on the sofa, watching the tube while Amy ran back and forth to the kitchen, getting him cold beers and hot nachos. That is, if she wasn't folding his laundry or balancing his checkbook. It was a real cozy domestic scene. Sometimes, my skin would actually crawl.
It wasn't always like this. A couple nights a week, Amy would be replaced by Liam's real girlfriend. He had the nerve to call her that, even when talking to Amy, as in; 'You can't come over tomorrow night, I'm going out with my real girlfriend.'
When Bonnie or Blanche, or whatever the Hell her name was, came over, things were a lot different. She'd show up at the house on Liam's arm, after having been properly wined and dined, and they'd make nice for a while before heading up to his bed to continue the night's entertainment. I don't even think that girl knew where our kitchen was. I had to give her credit for that at least, Ms B. was nobody's slave.
For one thing, she might have broken a nail, something she seemed to live in deadly fear of. She always wore these porcelain claws that featured different designs on every finger. They were fascinating, really. I think my favorites were the ones that featured the entire Warner Bros. cartoon roster. Liam liked those too. I know this because I heard them talking one night in his bedroom while I was making my usual 2 AM trip to the john.
"Oh no Liam," Brittany or Bethany squealed, "we can't do that, it might ruin the design."
"Oh come on," Liam wheedled, "doesn't Bugs Bunny want to explore the cave?"
I didn't hear anymore. I had no desire to find out what dark cavern the silly wabbit was heading for, and I sure as hell wasn't about to stand around and find out. I scurried my ass to my bedroom and opened the window and peed on a tree. Better to risk arrest for indecent exposure, than suffer from nightmares for the rest of my life.
But even with the Fritz the Cat illusions, I still preferred having Bernadette over at the house to Amy. At least, I could sit in a room with her for more than 5 minutes without feeling the urge to go find an eyebrow tweezers.
Buffy was really quite nice to look at actually. A medium sized, honey blonde with a voluptuous body. Yeah, she was eye candy all right. A couple nights spent gazing at her, and I knew my voluntary celibacy probably wouldn't make it through the playoffs.
In fact, I was thinking about breaking my vows with Veronica, this red headed attorney that did some work for my company, on the day I came home to what I will always think of as: The Great Cannelloni Disaster of 1998. I was just getting to the part where I was alone with the luscious legal eagle in our conference room and our briefs; hers, mine, and the firm's, were all in a pile on the floor, when I walked though my front door and smelled something.
Something seductive, something enticing, something that smelled suspiciously like real food. I stopped and tilted my head. This was my house wasn't it? I looked around. Yup, there was my mom's old sofa and the lamp with the football shade that Aunt Claudia and Uncle Jack had given me for my eleventh birthday. This was home all right. But what was that amazing aroma?
By this time, you're probably thinking I was a little obsessive about food, and maybe you're right. But you've got to understand, at the moment I'm describing here, I'd probably gone 5 months without eating something at home that didn't come with instructions that told me to, 'Punch top to vent'. Christ, I didn't want to beat up my food, I just wanted to eat it.
Of course I ate out a lot, but most of the time, the only good things about those meals were the toys that came in the bags. Even restaurants with menu's you could hold and seats that weren't attached to a pole in the floor, were a poor substitute for sitting in the comfort of a real home, eating meat that took hours, not minutes, to make. Yeah, I was ready for a home cooked meal.
I lifted my face and sniffed. Then I dropped my briefcase in the middle of the hall and made like a bloodhound. It smelled like tomatoes, it smelled like garlic, oh God; it smelled Italian. I sighed and smiled and swore on my mother's grave (who wasn't dead, but I knew she wouldn't mind) that whatever was cooking, a good portion of it was going to land on my plate.
It had to be Amy, I thought, unless some lost tourist from Napoli had invaded our house. No way Belinda could be behind that smell. She didn't do kitchens, only Liam.
Amy, Amy, Amy, I thought, why have you been hiding this talent from me? Hell if she could cook a moist pot roast, I'd marry her and happily sire mono-eye browed kids in exchange for a piece of homemade raspberry pie.
I made it to the kitchen, looked around and realized that dreams really do come true. There was a huge Caesar Salad on the counter and a loaf of hot crusty bread that steamed with butter and garlic. A big chocolate cake sat under a glass dome; and it wasn't store bought, I could tell because it leaned a little to the left and the frosting looked like it was spread on with a trowel.
I knew that kind of cake. It may not look pretty, but the taste was guaranteed to be more fulfilling than most orgasms I've had. And I've had some amazing orgasms.
But where was the piece de resistance? I looked frantically for a dish of lasagna or linguini, anything, that could account for that wonderful odor.
Then I saw her. Amy. She was huddled in the corner with her arms wrapped around her thin, little body, her head and shoulder scrunched to hold the phone she was listening to in place. And she was crying.
"No sure," she said trying hard not to sniffle, "I understand, really."
She listened some more, than noticed me and smiled weakly.
"Right, no that's fine. Charlie just came in, maybe he'll want some."
She looked at me with a question in her eyes, then she stepped aside and motioned to an enormous pan of cannelloni. It was one of my all time favorites; but I wasn't as hungry as I had been a few minutes ago.
Still, I raised my eyebrows and licked my lips; it made me sick to see the gratitude in her eyes. I was going to kill Liam when I saw him again.
"Okay well, have a good time." Amy hung up the phone.
"What's wrong?" I asked, though I could guess.
"Huh?" Amy scrubbed her eyes with her hands. "Oh nothing."
She turned with that quick light step of hers and started to cut the bread with her back to me. I could see her shoulders trembling.
"There's good news, really." She continued, trying to keep her voice light. "Liam got a promotion."
I was surprised. Liam didn't strike me as a promoting kind of guy. I guess I didn't hide my feelings too well. Amy's head snapped around and she shot me a glare. Pathetic, here the guy stands her up, and she gets mad at me for questioning his perfection.
"He's not stupid you know." She said, still looking at me like I was toe jam.
"No," I responded mildly, "he's not. But you gotta admit his six-pack is missing a few of those plastic rings that keep it together."
"Yeah well," she shrugged too beaten to argue, "he was going to come home and we were going to celebrate, but Bambi..."
Shit, I thought, that was it. You'd think I could remember that one. It was even a cartoon name.
"... and her Dad, asked him to go out with them instead."
"Bo... Bambi, and her, Dad?"
"Tom Becker, Liam's boss, he's Bambi's father."
Oh, that explained a lot of things. But I didn't have the heart to tease Amy about it. She looked all out as it was.
"I have all this food." Her hand swept around the kitchen. "Just help yourself. I bought tin foil, so you can wrap up the leftovers. Maybe you guys will want them later."
She darted across the kitchen and tried to slip around me; but my hand grabbed her wrist and stopped her.
I don't know why it did that.
"What?" She said.
She dropped her head and stared down at the floor. Her shapeless hair parted like a curtain hiding her face, but exposing the nape of her neck. She had such a little neck.
"Hey," my lips moved and sound came out, but I swear I didn't make it happen, "why don't you stick around and help me eat this?"
No, no, no! I screamed to myself. What the Hell are you doing? You could be rid of her in five, maybe ten minutes tops, if you'd just shut up. Then you could sit down with a knife, and fork, and eat the whole fucking dish of cannelloni, alone, by yourself, in peace.
"Please," it was like I was possessed, "I could use the company."
She looked up at me and smiled shyly.
She got out the plates and I helped her set the card table that held the place of honor in the dining room. She'd already started on it before I'd gotten home. There was a sheet draped over the dented top, and she'd found a couple of those emergency candles in a drawer and stuck them into a some empty LaBatts bottles she'd dug out of the trash.
There were napkins too, paper ones left over from last year's Christmas party. They were all festive and cheery, with a picture of Santa bent over, his pants at his ankles and a balloon coming out of his mouth with the words, 'Merry Christmas my ass'.
Well, they were funny when I bought them.
She'd even found enough silverware to make up three place settings. I was touched. Apparently, she'd been planning on feeding me too all along.
"I thought maybe Liam would invite Bambi." Amy said.
Okay, maybe not.
Then it hit me what she'd just said, and I stared at her in awe. Amy had cooked dinner for the guy she loved and his, girlfriend?! This girl should advertise on the Internet. She could make a lot of money in the world of S & M. I'd never known anybody who welcomed pain and humiliation as much as she did.
I opened my mouth to say something, but she'd already swooped back to the kitchen, which was just as well because I didn't want to get involved anyway. She returned a few minutes later holding the steaming dish of cannelloni. My stomach took over and I forgot about everything else as my mouth watered and my fingers twitched with the urge to grab a big string of hot cheese and pop it between my greedy lips.
The first bite was delicious and so was the last. I chomped my way through two helpings of pasta, a large bowl of salad, half the bread and a piece of cake of obscene dimensions. Amy ate three pieces of lettuce.
Except for the moans and purrs I couldn't seem to stop making, dinner was a silent affair. While I gobbled at the trough, Amy kept her head down and used her fork to draw designs in the extra sauce around her untouched pasta roll.
Apparently, she'd forgotten I was in the room. She didn't even notice when I got up, which by the way, wasn't very easy, because my center of gravity had changed with the addition of about 10 pounds of rich food in my gut. I took our dirty dishes into the kitchen. She was still sitting there a few minutes later when I brought in two cups of coffee and plunked one down in front of her. She looked so vulnerable; I wanted to slap her.
But hey, it was none of my business if she wanted to be Liam's personal asswipe. Far be it from me to interfere with the course of true obsession.
"It was a great meal." I said and it was the truth.
"Thanks." She never even looked at me.
"Why do you let him treat you like this?"
What in the hell was wrong with me tonight? It seemed it was impossible for me to keep my big mouth shut.
Amy shook her head and said nothing.
Get up and go in the other room, I told myself. Take your coffee with you and escape. You can do it; it's the only smart thing to do.
"He's using you."
A tear slid off Amy's cheek and made a big wet splash on the sheeted table. Oh wonderful, maybe later, I could go out and find a kitten to torture.
"Answer me, damn it."
Her head snapped up and she glared at me. Well, it was better than tears.
"You couldn't possibly begin to understand."
"Aw that's bullshit..." I started.
"Look at you," she interrupted and for the first time since I'd met her I didn't have to strain to hear her. "You're tall, good looking, you have a great body and a smart, funny tongue. People notice you, they like you. You have friends; I hear you talking on the phone, laughing, making plans. You meet them for lunch or go out to bars together."
"It's not that big a deal."
What was going on here? In a minute, she'd have me apologizing for having friends.
"And women," she shook her head, "I've seen how they check you out."
"You think that Liam's not a nice guy because he isn't always very grateful, but at least he acknowledges I'm alive. I know you don't want to believe this, but he can be real sweet sometimes. He bought me flowers once."
"And he calls me every day." She cut me off.
"Yeah," I snorted, "when he realizes he's out of beer."
Amy stood so fast she almost collapsed the card table. For such a little girl, she could look pretty intimidating.
"How dare you?" She spit. "How dare you sit there with that look of contempt and pass judgment on me? I know what you think, I see you sneering at me, just because I like to be helpful to the only friend I have in the world. Yeah, I know you, but you have no idea what it's like to be me!"
She would have stalked out of the room then, but now it was my turn to stand and I did manage to break the damn table. Amy squeaked as it fell; then squeaked again when I grabbed her wrist and started to drag her with me as I left the room.
"Come on." I ordered as she struggled to free herself.
"Let go of me!"
I did. So suddenly she almost landed on her bony ass. We stared at each other gasping for breath.
"So you think I don't understand, huh? I don't know you, but you know all about me?" I put my hands on my hips and leaned in. "Lady, you're the one who's fucking clueless."
I was really pissed for some reason, though I didn't exactly know why.
"I have something I want to show you."
I grabbed her arm again, still furious and prepared to carry her if that's what it took, but the fight had gone out of her and she let me lead her tamely up the stairs. She pulled up again when we reached my bedroom door. I opened the door and pushed her in.
Ever have one of those moments when you wish you could run the clock back about 30 seconds? That's how I felt when I saw the look on Amy's face. I was used to my room; it didn't look that bad to me. One look at Amy's face told me I might need to rethink that assessment.
"Gosh Charlie," she looked awe struck, "you're really a pig."
"It's not that bad."
"It's a sty."
"I suppose I should pick up a few things." I muttered.
"Two years ago you should have picked up; now you need to excavate."
"Jesus Christ, I'm not asking you to clean it!" I was getting annoyed.
I decided it would be better to ignore her and just get on with what I came for.
"Sit there." I pointed to the bed, mainly because it was the only surface in the room that wasn't covered in clothes and dirty dishes.
Amy looked dubiously at the rumpled and tangled covers. They were gray, but that's how they were supposed to be.
"Is it safe?"
"Hey I wash the sheets. I just don't make them up all the time."
Ever, was more like it, but I didn't really think that was any of her business. I was getting real tired of this conversation anyway.
Amy sat down gingerly, trying to make as little contact with the bed as possible. I went over to the stack of books and magazines I'd collected in one of the corners and began pawing through them.
After finding three years of SI, a bunch of Tom Clancy's and a pair of old jockey's that were sticking to a 1996 issue of Playboy (full of good articles, I'm sure, if you took into account the state of those briefs) I finally found what I was looking for; Southland High's 1991 Laker Log, my old alma mater's yearbook. I grabbed it and went over to sit next to Amy.
"Care to take a trip with me through memory lane?"
I flipped pages until I came to the one I was looking for. It was a group shot of the football team.
"See anyone you recognize?"
She looked carefully at the faces of each of the players, twice. She raised her head and shook her it.
"How about this one?" I pointed at the team manager. "Ring any bells now?"
Amy stared at the kid in the photo. He was dark haired, maybe 5'1" and if he weighed anymore than 80 pounds, it was because he'd just had lunch. I watched as her eyes widened.
"Oh wow, that's..."
I beat her to it.
"Yep, you're right, it's me. The littlest kid in the junior class, boy or girl."
"Wait, there's more." I flipped pages and pointed again. "See her?"
Amy nodded dumbly. But her eyes were beginning to wise up; she knew what was coming next.
"Her name was Johanna Dalrymple. I thought she looked like Melanie Griffith. I followed her around like a puppy, and that's just how she treated me. Like a dog she didn't love very much, but could be fun sometimes when she felt like putting it through its tricks. Oh, and I'd do them too. I'd roll over and jump through hoops, anything to make Johanna smile. Jesus." I shook my head.
"Charlie," Amy said softly, "you don't have to tell me this."
"But I want to." I insisted.
"I was never her boyfriend. She had plenty of big, strong guys for that. No, my role was mascot, the little guy with the bad skin who tagged after her; carrying her books and listening to her bitch about how hard it was to be the most popular girl in school."
I clenched my jaw as I flushed at the memory.
"She'd turn her big blue eyes in my direction and whisper how glad she was that I was her friend, because nobody else understood her. Yeah, right. Then she'd pat me on the head and tell me to go away because she had to get ready for her date with one of her real boyfriends."
I knew I'd scored a direct hit with that last one when Amy flinched and started to pull away and stand. Funny, even though that had been the effect I was going for, it didn't make me feel all that great.
"Sorry." I pulled her back down and we were both silent for a moment. I slipped the yearbook onto the floor. Amy just stared at her Disney free fingernails.
"So you see," I continued softly. "I do know exactly what you're going through."
Aw Christ, now she was crying again. I sat there and watched helplessly. Of course, I didn't have a Kleenex, and I was pretty sure she wouldn't appreciate it if I tried to mop her face with one of my dirty tees. The briefs were out of the question. I took her in my arms and rubbed her back.
"I, I, don't know what to do." She whispered into my shirt. "I really care about Liam, but I can't seem to make him see that."
"I know, I know." And the pisser was, I did.
"I realize I make too many excuses for him. I know I should just walk away. It's not like it would be any big deal; he'd probably never even know I was gone."
"Yes he would," I said soothingly, "as soon as he ran out of clean shorts."
Amy raised up her head and looked at me. Then she did the most amazing thing, she laughed. I'd never heard her do that before. It was almost, pretty.
"You're a jerk, you know that." The tears were still leaking out of her eyes, but she was smiling. She actually had an okay smile too.
"Yeah, but at least I'm an entertaining jerk."
My back was starting to get stiff from the awkward position I was in because of holding Amy. I pushed her gently away.
Her eyes clouded. I knew that look, it was the: 'Oh God, he thinks I'm an idiot look.' I took her back in my arms.
"Well, maybe for a few minutes more." I said. "But let's get a little more comfortable; that is if you can bring yourself to actually lie down on my disgusting sheets."
She giggled again, which I took to be a yes. I pulled her with me so we were lying down. Then I tucked her up against my chest.
She was such a little thing; it was like having a kitten curled up next to you. I'd never particularly been attracted to little women, and I'd never been to bed with one before. Not, that I had any plans for Amy either. I was just being a friend. A real friend.
"Charlie..." Amy sounded sleepy. With the emotional roller coaster Liam and I had put her through that day it was no wonder.
"You and I are different you know. You didn't stay that little boy; you grew up."
"That's right I did," I stroked her hair, "but not in time."
"I don't understand."
"I mean, I'd like to tell you that I finally got wise to the manipulating bitch; that I finally got fed up and walked away from her. But I didn't."
Amy looked up at me and rested her chin on my collarbone. "Go on."
"I never confronted her when she pretended I was invisible; which was a daily occurrence, believe me. And I never said a word when she left me to go off with some friends without telling me, so I ended up waiting three hours in a parking lot because she'd said she needed a ride home from the mall."
I was deep into remembering now, and the humiliation was as sharp as it had been seven years before. "Christ, I never complained. Not even when she dressed me up in her twelve year old sister's clothes and made me talk with a southern accent so she could take me to party and pass me off as her little cousin from Texas."
"Liam and Bambi went to a Halloween party last year as Nick and Nora Charles; I went with them." Amy said dreamily.
"Oh no," I groaned, "do not say what I think you're going to say."
"Yep, I was Asta."
I couldn't help it; I had to laugh. This whole thing - her, me, Liam, Johanna... It was too damn tragic to be anything but funny. Amy joined me, and we both roared until I was holding my stomach, and she was crying again.
"And you know what else?" She gasped. "At school sometimes, he'd take me out for a beer, but when we'd get there, he'd go into the bar ahead of me. If he saw anybody he knew, he'd make up some excuse about the place being too crowded and we'd have to go somewhere different."
"That's nothing, Johanna used to make me go sit in the restroom if we were out in public and she saw a cute guy she wanted to talk to. I spent so much time in Men's Rooms, there was a rumor at school I was gay."
"Wait, wait I can top that..."
And on and on it went. We traded war stories like seasoned soldiers; each of us trying to one up each other with the humiliations we'd suffered at the hands of our ideals. It was kind of fun in a sick, perverted way.
But suddenly Amy got this stricken look. I knew I wasn't going to want to hear what she was going to say next.
"It doesn't matter though. I can't let go of him, Charlie. I can't help it."
See, I knew I wasn't going to like it.
"So how did it end with Johanna?" Amy wisely changed the subject.
"She graduated." I shrugged. "She was a year older than me. She left that June to work as a camp counselor. I never saw her again."
I shrugged; it was history. I hadn't thought of it in years. Until Amy showed up.
"In a funny way, I always thought her leaving was the catalyst to my maturing. Like, she'd somehow kept me a little boy. Anyway, I started to grow that summer, and by the time I graduated from high school I was six foot one. A 130 pounds mind you, but eventually I filled out. My skin seemed to miraculously clear up too; but that really was because Johanna was gone. She always made me so damn nervous."
Amy's hair had fallen over her face again. I don't know why it didn't drive her crazy. On impulse, I reached up and tucked one side behind her ear. She ducked and shook her head, making her hair tumble back over her cheek.
"Why? At least that way it's out of your eyes."
"I don't like it that way."
"But apparently, you like having to look through a curtain all the time."
"I have ugly ears."
"I hate my ears, okay?" She sat up. "They're elf ears."
Now I sat up.
"Let me see."
I reached out my hand, but she swatted it away.
"Come on, let me see."
She sighed, then turned and faced me. She grabbed her hair and pulled it back. She was right; she had elf ears.
"They're not so bad."
"Well it could be worse." I said. "They could be Vulcan ears. Actually, I kind of like them."
"No seriously, they're cute."
And in a way, they were. They were very tiny, like the rest of her, and they didn't stick out or anything. They were just a little, pointy.
"I don't believe you."
But she smiled when she said it. Her smile turned into a yawn.
"Gosh, I'm tired."
She slumped back a little and my hands came up to her shoulders to catch her and pull her back down on the bed to lie with me. I swear to God, I was only being a friend.
"I should go home." She murmured, but she rested her head into the crook of my shoulder and sighed. "This is nice though; I always wanted a big brother."
She was right; it did feel nice, comfy. I found myself getting drowsy too - or something like that. I could smell the traces of some clean smelling shampoo in her hair; I moved my head closer and let her dark strands tickle my nose. I reached around her and pulled her tighter and her bony butt snuggled up to my crotch and my hard...
WAIT A DAMN MINUTE!
I must have looked like Linda Blair in the Exorcist, because I levitated getting off that bed. I know my head spun around a couple times.
"Charlie, what's wrong?"
Amy sat up. She wore the expression of a woman who suddenly realizes they're all alone in the house with the mad killer.
"Uh... uh..." I said succinctly, I ran my hands through my hair and tried to think of something to say. "I uh, I have to go to the bathroom."
Oh, that was smooth.
"Oh." She relaxed, and lay back down which put her face right at crotch level.
And my cock, always being such a friendly fellow, stood up and waived hello. Even someone as inexperienced as Amy, couldn't miss the greeting.
"Ohhhhh!." She whispered again, and blushed from the top of her head to... Well, I don't know how far down the color went and I had no intention of finding out.
"I'll be back in a minute," I left a cloud of smoke behind me as I fled that room. Okay dust. Why vacuum, when you can't see the floor.
"Shit, shit, shit," I moaned in perfect rhythm as I banged my head on the bathroom tile.
I mean I liked Amy okay, especially now that I knew what a spectacular cook she was; but I'd only been kidding when I said I'd be willing to father her children. Besides, she was a sweet kid; I didn't want to be the one to fuck her up more than she already was. Especially, not literally.
I stopped hurting myself and rested my bruised forehead against the cool tile. I'd lost my hard-on as soon as I gotten away from the scene of the almost crime. How long had it been since I'd gotten any? Too long, if I could get turned on by a one browed girl with elf ears and the body of a eleven year old boy.
There was a timid rap at the door.
Jesus, there it went again. One word from that childish little voice, and my cock was doing his, always stand for a lady, routine. Except, he wasn't being a gentleman.
"I'll be out in a minute." Or an hour, if this keeps up. Ow, bad pun.
"No, that's okay I just wanted to tell you I was leaving."
Smart girl - there was nothing wrong with Amy's survival instincts. But the glow of my watch told me it was already after midnight, and this wasn't the neighborhood for a woman to be out in alone late at night. Besides, I thought, I hadn't seen her car when I'd come in so she'd probably had to park a ways away.
"Wait," I sighed, "I'll walk you."
I ran water and did a quick splash to my face, though that wasn't the area of my body that needed a cold shower. I looked down and addressed my crotch."
"And you, can just knock this shit off."
I opened the door. She was standing right on the other side of it; I ran right into her.
"Nothing." I grabbed her arm. "Come on, let's go." I sounded pissed. I was, but not at Amy.
"You don't have to do this."
"Of course I do."
She pulled her arm away from me, stopped and hung her head.
"Now what?" I was back to running my hands through my head. I was almost frantic to get her out of the house. Or lay her down on the carpet, and have my way with her.
"I just wanted to say that even though you're angry with me now, I really appreciate you inviting me to dinner and talking to me and all. I'm sorry I screwed it up by being such a wet blanket."
I could not belief my ears. First, I had made a pig of myself over a meal she had prepared, and no doubt bought. Then, I'd yelled at her about things that were absolutely none of my business, making her cry - several times. Finally, I had topped off this entire gala evening by getting so freaked out by even the thought of having sex with her, that I'd locked myself in the bathroom. And she was apologizing to me? Oh brother, did she need a life or what.
I closed my eyes and sighed. I couldn't let her go home thinking that she'd somehow been at fault for this evening's fiasco. "Amy, I am not mad at you."
"Really." I tipped her head up with my fingers. "I'm embarrassed, that's all."
"I don't understand."
Oh shit. I had no doubt that was the truth, Amy wasn't playing coy; Amy didn't have a coy bone in her body.
"Yeah well..." I tried to think of some way of saying this without giving either of us a heart attack. Sometimes honesty can be a real bitch. "The thing is Amy, when we were lying in bed together; I developed this problem."
I watched her face as the topic now under discussion registered in her brain. It was real easy to do; I just watched the flush on her cheeks get redder and redder. By the time it sunk in all the way, her face looked like she'd spent about nine hours in a tanning booth.
"That's right, Peanut, you got me excited."
Her eyes widened.
Her eyes dropped, then shot back up as she realized where she was looking. Hot coals didn't glow as bright as Amy's face.
"I didn't see anybody else in the room," I reminded her.
"I didn't think it was me that made you; that way."
"What else could it've been?"
"I thought I read somewhere, that it just happens spontaneously sometimes."
I rolled my eyes. "Well yeah, when you're thirteen, but when you get older, you need a little inspiration."
I could not believe we were having this conversation. But it had given me time to think up a great way to get off the hook. That is, if a sleazy, self-serving lie can ever be considered great.
"So when you were lying there and I felt myself losing control, I had to leave so I wouldn't be tempted to try anything with you."
Amy opened her mouth to speak, but I cut her off with a lift of my hand.
"Because, even though I don't agree; I still respect your feelings about Liam." I put that last bit in to add some realism. I almost gagged when I said it.
So maybe Amy wasn't as gullible as I thought. I tried a little misdirection to take her mind off what I'd just said.
"Listen, I've been thinking, and if you really want Liam then you should go for it."
"Here," I took her arm and steered her to the staircase, "I'll explain what I mean while we walk to your car."
At least, the last 5 minutes of strenuous mental activity had calmed down my little friend. Well, maybe not so little. Okay, average.
We grabbed our coats and I hustled her ass outside. The cold air finally convinced little Charlie, once and for all, to stop pretending he was a jack in the box and I started to breath with relative ease again. Then Amy spoke.
"So you were saying?"
Oh damn, I'd been so relieved that my cock had succumbed to a cold induced coma; I'd forgotten I needed to come up with a master plan for Amy's future seduction of Liam. Amy and seduction, those two words just didn't seem to fit well in a sentence together.
"Oh yeah," I could do this, I thought, I've always been good at bullshit. It's the only subject I got straight A's in at college. "Well, I think you could get him if you maybe changed a few things."
We were walking, but Amy slowed down as she thought about what I was saying. God, she was such a trusting little thing. She seemed to honestly believe; I knew what the fuck I was talking about.
"Like what?" She finally asked.
Uh oh. Not, that I couldn't give her a list, a long one. I just didn't want to go for a world's record in making Amy cry.
"Oh, I don't know," I stalled, "maybe try a new look." Get a look was more like it, but like I said, I was trying to be kind. "It might make him take a step back and reevaluate his feelings for you."
Step aside Dr. Ruth.
"Could you be a little more specific?"
Yes, but not in this lifetime. "Jesus Amy, I don't know. I'm no expert."
Okay, I guess Dr. Ruth can have her job back.
"Don't you have any girlfriends who could give you a hand?"
"Not really, and besides, why would they want to do that?"
She had to be joking right? There isn't a woman alive who doesn't itch to get her hands on a Cinderella like Amy. Most of my childhood was spent listening to my sisters talk about some poor thing that could be so cute, if only they'd use makeup, cut their hair, lose a couple hundred or so pounds.
Too bad they were up in Milwaukee; they'd have been all over Amy like ants on peanut butter. I'm not saying the results would have been better, frankly I didn't think that was possible, but they would have been different.
Actually, I thought, one call would probably have them down here like a shot. Of course, they'd want to know why I was so interested...
Nope, that wasn't a call I'd be making.
"Isn't there anybody you can think of? Trust me woman like doing this kind of sh... Stuff."
Always obedient, Amy thought about it for a moment. "Well, there is this new girl at work. She's been pretty friendly and I know she's just moved here and doesn't have a lot of friends."
"Great. Ask her. I'll bet she'll be happy to help and you can show her around the city at the same time."
"Okay." Amy sounded like I'd just asked her to walk across the Sahara barefoot - at noon - naked.
"I'll talk to Miriam on Monday."
"The girl at work."
Oh great, a Miriam is going do a makeover on Amy. This ought to be real interesting.
We had finally gotten to Amy's car. She got her door open and turned to face me. I knew she was going to thank me again. I scooped her up in my arms and gave her a brotherly hug and kept my hips at a fraternal distance. But the temptation to pull her close was there. God, she was so needy; she really had that kitten thing down pat.
"Thanks for dinner, Peanut." I said to the top of her head. "It was the best meal I've had in a long time."
Amy tilted her head and looked at me with those solemn eyes of hers. She seemed to be puzzled about something.
"Things will work out." I stroked her hair. "They always do."
I loosened my arms and stepped back. Amy turned, and with her back to me she spoke, more to herself, I thought, then me.
"But what if it doesn't. What if... ?" Amy stopped in mid sentence and smiled at me. Then she got in her car, turned the key and drove off.
I watched her drive away. For a moment, I almost wished it could happen the way she wanted it to. I stuck my hands in my pockets and headed towards home.